Chelsea in search of new permanent head coach
Chelsea Football Club is in the hunt for a new permanent head coach after the departure of Thomas Tuchel. The club’s board is taking their time to make a considered decision and avoid making the mistake of rushing into the appointment, as they were criticized for last time around with Graham Potter.
Pochettino on Chelsea’s radar
According to football.london, Chelsea has been in talks with Mauricio Pochettino regarding the vacant head coach role. The Argentine has been out of a job since leaving Paris Saint-Germain last summer, despite winning the French league title with the club the season before.
Pochettino managed Tottenham for over five years between 2014 and 2019 and has been linked with numerous roles since leaving PSG but is said to be waiting out for the right job to come his way. The club’s board are huge admirers of Pochettino and his qualities, and even met with the former Spurs boss following the departure of Thomas Tuchel last year but ended up appointing Graham Potter instead.
Positive talks with Pochettino
Football.london understands that Chelsea and Pochettino have held talks recently over the vacant head coach role and they have been seen as positive by both parties. Pochettino is keen to return to management in the Premier League and had said in November 2022 that he loves living in London and would consider returning to manage there.
Nagelsmann no longer in contention
Julian Nagelsmann was the favorite for the Chelsea job, but it’s understood the German has pulled out of the running. The 35-year-old didn’t see eye-to-eye with the club’s board over certain aspects of their long-term vision and exited the race.
Interest in Luis Enrique cools down
Interest in Luis Enrique has cooled, and the Spaniard is not expected to be the man to take the vacant head coach role.
Spalletti on Chelsea’s radar
Luciano Spalletti is someone the club is considering, and talks with him are set to happen in the coming weeks. Spalletti is currently the head coach of Napoli and has previously managed Roma, Zenit St Petersburg, and Inter Milan.
Kompany on Chelsea’s shortlist
Vincent Kompany of Burnley is also on the shortlist, but no talks have taken place yet. His side is looking set to secure top spot in the Championship with promotion already secured.
Chelsea is doing their due diligence this time around and wants to avoid rushing into appointing their next manager. The club is considering several options, including Pochettino and Spalletti, but it remains to be seen who will take the helm at Stamford Bridge next season.